BCH and BTC are misleadingly lumped together under the “Bitcoin” payment option on the websites of the EFF, Microsoft, and Tor.
Several organizations, including most recently the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), have misleadingly listed both Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) under one payment option, “Bitcoin”. The EFF, an international non-profit digital rights group that had already had BTC as a donation payment option, tweeted yesterday, March 13, that they are now accepting donations in BCH, but their website shows a lack of understanding about the difference between BTC and BCH.
You can now become an EFF member by donating Bitcoin Cash. https://t.co/a5MQPJzk3y
— EFF (@EFF) March 14, 2018
Since the Bitcoin Cash announcement, the EFF’s donation page shows three payment options, Credit Card, PayPal, and, laconically, “Bitcoin”. Selecting the “Bitcoin” option takes users to the following screen, which allows you to donate in either BTC or BCH, even while the heading of the page is “Pay with Bitcoin”:
— Bitcoin Cash (BCH) News (@BTCNewsUpdates) March 12, 2018
The anonymity-centric Tor browser also includes a “Bitcoin” donation option that confusingly gives the option of paying in both BTC and BCH:
A previous mix-up over BTC and BCH by Overstock.com in early January led to customers being able to pay with both cryptocurrencies interchangeably, accidentally giving a huge potential discount to anyone paying in BCH at the time. This option of paying in either BTC or BCH at a 1:1 ratio for any item was reportedly active on the site for around three weeks.
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Author: Molly Jane Zuckerman